Mel Chua writes about Plover
, an open suite for stenography, at Opensource.com. "Plover isn't just a straight-out copy-paste of existing proprietary CART [Communication Access Realtime Transcription] software; it also has several feature advantages over them. Most steno software has a time-based buffer, forcing the user to conform to the software's timing; Plover is designed the other way around, so the software responds to a human, and typists can take their time to think and control the pacing of their words. Plover is also the first steno software of any kind that follows the Unix design principle of modularity, acting essentially as a keyboard emulator - no different from any other alternative input option such as on-screen keyboards for tablets or input methods for the disabled. In contrast, proprietary steno programs contain full-fledged word processors that typists are then forced to use.
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